Recycling is important. We know that as adults, but how do we instill that notion into our children? If you’re looking for ways to teach your children about recycling, look at the list that we compiled below. The items on this list have been created and tested by parents and we’re happy to be the messengers who get to share these great ideas with you.
Tour a Recycling Center with Your Kids
If your children are old enough, give them a behind-the-scenes look at how recycling is accomplished in your area. We’re sure there are recycling centers near you that offer tours and would love to show you around. You can look for a center online using Earth911’s handy search tool.
Get Crafty with Your Kids
With the invention of Pinterest (heck, the internet itself), moms and dads everywhere have the chance to find awesome crafts that they can create with their children. Here are a few craft ideas that we found:
- 5 Things to Make with Recycled Cardboard Tubes
- 5 Ways to Upcycle Plastic Containers
- DIY Marble Run with Recycled Cardboard
- Recycled Plastic Flowers
Make Recycling a Game
Turn recycling into a fun game with prizes for the winners. Take a look at this Sort the Recycling Game we found.
Make it a Competition
Ever heard of the One Bag Challenge? It’s a fun and interesting way to reduce the amount of trash we throw away. You can get your children’s school in on this challenge, your neighbors, your coworkers — anyone who wants to participate.
If your child is into computer games, try this interactive game about recycling created by National Geographic.
Finding new and interesting ways of keeping your child entertained while secretly educating them can sometimes be tough. But you can do it, we believe in you. More importantly, so does your child. If you try any of these ideas that we’ve listed, let us know how it went. If you have other ideas about how to teach your kids about the importance of recycling, share them with us!